Please share your spinal experience

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Please share your spinal experience
Wed, 03-24-2004 - 6:17pm
I am having a cerclage placed next month and will need a spinal. I have very bad needle anxiety and am just wondering how it was when you had a spinal done. How painful was it (and be honest)...I am thinking about asking my Dr for something to help me relax. It is pretty bad when the only thing I am scared of is the needle, not even the surgery!


9w4d EDD 10/23

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Wed, 03-24-2004 - 6:30pm
I had a Spinal done with my dd who will be 2 next Month. I didn't think it hurt. It just felt weird like I could feel the medicine rushing into my spine, but no pain. Just weird sensation. It is kinda hard to describe in words. I am not afraid of needles, but the thought of one in my spine had me a bit nervous, but then I soon found out I was worrying over nothing. I imagine they would want you to be comfortable and if that means giving you something to relax I am sure it wouldn't hurt to ask. Good luck and no worries. Putting the Spinal in doesn't take that long. Don't let anyone scare you into thinking it is bad.

Trish :)

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Thu, 03-25-2004 - 8:32am
I am not a big fan of needles myself...hate them. I knew I was going to get a spinal.. did not want to be knocked out for my second birth (was afraid I wasn't going to wake up) I wasn't thilled about having a needle stuck in my spine. But.. I knew that if my brother could endure spinal after spinal after spinal at 13 years old, then I could deal with one small prick. The doc had me lay on my side an curl up into a fetal position. He nudged my back with his knuckles.. then he stick the needle in. The nudging of my back hurt more then the needle. I hardly felt the needle.
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Thu, 03-25-2004 - 9:12am
i had spinal for my C-section,to be honest it was little painful for me but that was cuz i tightened my body just cuz i was scared of that needle.i guess if u are relaxed it'll be easier.i didn't feel the medicine going through my spine though.before they put the needle in nurse gave me a pillow to squeez on if it felt painful but i remember squeezing her hand so tight LOL.only thing i would suggest is try to be relaxed it should not feel anyhting more than a bee stinge.good luck

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Thu, 03-25-2004 - 11:44am
Honestly it wasn't bad.

Kelly & Mikah Rose (4/3/03)

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Thu, 03-25-2004 - 12:32pm
With both of my spinals and my epi, they rubbed a numbing solution on my back so it wouldn't be so bad. You still feel pressure and a slight sting, but it's alot less than if thye just stick ya.

Good luck to you!


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Thu, 03-25-2004 - 2:59pm
My spinal was fine!


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Thu, 03-25-2004 - 9:56pm
My spinal was a piece of more painful than any other was more of a pressure feeling. I'm sure your Dr. can give you something to relax you first ;-) Hang in'll be worth it! Hugs, Melisa
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Mon, 03-29-2004 - 11:47am

I am terrified of needles. (Even more scared of bees so the anesthesiologist putting in the epi during labor and saying "bee sting. bee sting" made matters so much worse!). My spinal for the c/s did not hurt as bad (no one mentioning bee stings!) as the epidural did. It was over quicker and I started feeling numbness immediately. I had a complication from the interaction between the spinal medicine and the epi medicine, so I needed to be put out. That makes me more nervous this time. My Dr said he could give me a little something to relax before they did this spinal. That is my plan...

Shelly (29) and DH (30)
DS (via c/s) 4/8/02 & dd EDD 6/16/04

Shelly (30) and DH (31) DS 4/8/02 & DD 6/7/04


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Tue, 04-06-2004 - 10:26am
I had a c-section with a spinal in Jan. I'm also quite needle-phobic... It wasn't bad- definately not as bad as I thought it would be. The worst part is the anticipation and the *thinking* about it. It does take a few minutes to get in, and it does feel really weird when they're getting it into place- they might move it around a bit- but it doesn't *hurt* per se- feels kinda like a bruise they're pushing on, if that makes any sense? It helped me to have my midwife stand in front of me and hold my hands... (I think I almost broke her hands, but she was very nice about it LOL!) You could try getting them to allow DH in just for that part, or to get a nice nurse that you can grab onto ;) It *is* creepy- I'm not going to lie to you- but it didn't hurt for me, and it really wasn't bad. It *was* one of the two worst parts of a c-section (that and when they're actually taking the baby *out*- they push and tug and it feels really weird and hurt a little- just pressure, not pain, but alot more than I'd expected...) Anywho- don't worry about it, try to think about something else and it'll be over before you know it! :)